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noun
  1. a military assignment involving watching over or protecting a person or place or supervising prisoners.

Origin of guard duty

First recorded in 1890–95
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Examples from the Web for guard duty

Historical Examples

  • Every fellow can go on guard-duty for two hours, and call the next fellow.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • The general himself was the only one who had been exempt from guard-duty.

  • The Federal soldier seated on the sand-bags is on guard-duty to prevent camp-followers from looting the vacant fort.

    The Civil War Through the Camera</p>

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • But it happened that Ildiger and his men were keeping guard at that time; for all were assigned by turns to guard-duty.

    Procopius

    Procopius

  • Guard-duty injures them more than whites, apparently; and double-quick movements, in choking dust, set them coughing badly.


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